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Comic Visions 2e: Television Comedy and American Culture
by David Marc
Comic Visions, Second Edition is an update of the most influential critical history of American television comedy. Most comprehensive social and critical history of American television comedy Very engaging, lucid and entertaining writing style Approaches social criticism without being too scholarly and pedantic
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 22nd 1997 by Wiley-Blackwell
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Engagingly written essay summarizing (and opining on) the development of modern comedy, focusing on the maturation of the sitcom after the decline of the comedy variety show, also touching on the evolution of stand-up comedy from emcee gigs at Borscht Belt resorts into late night television.